How to Make a Padded Coat Hanger with a Pocket

How to Make a Padded Coat Hanger with a Pocket

Welcome to SewVeryEasy, my name is Laura. And do you have a lot of these plain hangers around? Well, I think we all have tons of them. Well, let’s take these plain hangers and make them covered, and the cover will have a little pocket in it, and in the pocket we’re going to have little bags. They’re very quick and easy to do and you’ll be able to customize whatever hangers you have at home. And of course you can use any fabric at all. I’m going to use this fabric from Ink and Arrow, and it’s got cute little panties and bras on them. Now we need to choose a hanger. Now you can get the plastic ones, but be very careful because some of the plastic ones will break very easily. Now I prefer a hanger that has no bar in the bottom because that way the bar is not going to be shown anywhere in the bag. There are a lot of other hangers that don’t have that bar in the center, so if you can find one of those it does work really nice. Again, make sure it’s strong enough that it’s not going to break. I like using the good old fashioned wooden ones because I know they’re nice and sturdy and I also know that this center turns, and that’s another thing I like to look for. Next we’re going to make the pattern from any hanger that you’re going to use. You’re going to make the pattern three times. And I will need a seam allowance on the pattern. And if you tape two pencils together, that is a quarter inch. So you will be able to use a quarter-inch seam allowance when you sew the bag together. Leave a little bit here because you’re going to need this as part of the pattern. And you’re going to be able to take the double pencil and trace all the way around. And also trace a little bit of the stem. So you’re going to have that quarter inch all the way around. If the hanger has any little bumps in it when you do the pattern, just go straight. And just make sure you have enough space up at the top [because] afterwards you’re going to have to put the hanger in through this hole. And then draw a straight line right across from the end. And when you have the straight line drawn you will just need to straighten the end off, so whatever your furthest point is, just straighten that line up on both sides. Draw two more lines: One that’s going to come up from that line and one that’s going to come down from that line. And each of them should be 1″ so you’re going to have a 2″ space. Then we’re going to square up the bottom of the bag. Start from your center line and measure down 10″ and make a 10″square at the bottom, and that will be the pocket. The next thing we’re going to do is curve the lines to make the opening in the bag. And by starting in the center, you’re going to start on this top line and you’re going to curve a line going all the way to that second line that you drew. The next you’re going to do another curve, and you’re going to do it opposite. You’re going to start on the bottom line and curve it up to the top of the line. Because of those two curved lines you now have a pocket opening. The pattern is now done but we’re going to cut out the outside measurements on all three pieces of paper. So what I’ll do is I’ll pin the three layers together and cut them all at once. I now have three exact shapes. One is going to be the back and it’s already done the pattern. The next we’re going to do the two front pieces. So one you’re going to cut on the curve in one direction and on the other piece of paper you’re going to cut the curve going in the second direction. Now you should be able to hold this up to light, which could be a window, and you’ll be able to trace one of the curves. So I have one which is the bottom curve, and I’m going to have one at the top. And cut out the curves. When you cut out the bottom curve you won’t need this portion, so the top is going to have that round. This you can discard. So now we have the three pieces: The back, the front pocket, and the top cover of the hanger. The next thing you’re going to need is a fusible fleece. Now you can use fusible batting if you’d like, but a fusible fleece is a little bit stronger. Now you’re going to need all three of these pieces cut out with the fusible fleece. And when I cut out the fusible fleece with the patterns I like to leave a little bit of extra and then I’m going to cut it out exactly after. Now I’m going to take the three pieces and I’m going to iron them on to the fabric that I want to be on the top. And by fusing that fleece on top of the larger fabric, first it will prevent any of the glue from coming off on the iron or your ironing board. It will also take care of any distorting, so you will be able to cut the patterns from this piece now. And you can cut it the exact size of the pattern. And when I’ve cut the pieces out I’ve made sure that I’ve kept the top of the pattern for the top of the fabric on both sides and for the back. That way they’re going to match up together. And for the back you’re going to need to take your back piece and match it up and cut out a piece exactly the same, and then you are going to be able to put the two together so you have both good sides out. And you can either serge all the way around together or do a zigzag so they’re nice and tight together. The back pieces are going to be the same as the front. And you’re going to take them and match them right sides together. And you need to sew along both of those curves. And that’s that opening there. Now here if you’d like you can add some decorative lace or some binding. And to do that is very simple. Before you sew those two seams together you can take lace, you can take binding, and you’re going to match it along the raw edge so that the good part is poking into the inside of the bag. And just do a small basting stitch to hold it onto main fabric. Then you will be able to put that top piece—again, matching that seam—and stitch all the way. And once you have the three layers stitched together, the little lace or the trim is going to come sticking out. So press the two sides together, matching all of the seams. And when it’s been pressed, do a row a quarter inch right along that edge. And that top stitching is going to hold those layers together so the lace will stay going out. Now if you choose not to put a lace or a little trim inside that’s fine. You will just have a very smooth edge that you’re going to be able to turn over and topstitch. So you’re going to need to finish off the one curve and the second curve. And when the opening, which are the curves, are done then do a zigzag or a serge stitch all the way to put all those layers together. The next we need to take this little top piece and you’re going to fold it into the back side and just stitch it down with a row of topstitching. And do this to both the tops. The next, you’re sewing the bag together. So start with the back of the bag with the right-side fabric up. You’re going to take the top of the pocket, matching your right sides, and pin. The next is that big bottom pocket. Match up the outside seams so that that oval pocket is up in the center and pin it right over top of the top piece. So you’re going to make sure that this top portion is down first and then the other is going to overlap. The next is going to stitch all the way around. So start at one edge stitch a quarter inch and all the way around the bag. Stop again up at the top. The entire bag is sewn together except an opening here and the opening here. So you’ve stitched all the way around the bottom and you’re going to have two corners like this. What you’re going to want to do is cut off the little point, and that way it’s going to turn in nice. So you’re going to want to cut straight across but not into that stitching line. So that’s what you’re going to have right there. And do that to both the bottom ends. Turn the bag right-side out. Match up all of the edges and press the bag flat. The bag is now done, and you’re going to be able to put the hanger in. You’re going to have to start by pulling that little point into the end. And then once that end is out, you’ll be able to take that hanger and tuck it right inside. And the hanger is going to go underneath both of these flaps. So the bag is complete. One other option you can do is to sew little buttons on the end. So the construction of the bags, no matter the size, is all going to be the same. So I start with a nice long piece. This happens to be 8″ by 20″, and I fuse that fusible fleece onto the one side. When you cut the lining out, the lining needs to be the same in that distance here, but at the end it needs to be a ½” bigger on each side. So the lining is longer than the outside, but you’re going to match up the edges and stitch just on each edge. So you’re going to have more fabric here. Now you’re going to be able to take that and turn it right-side out. You’re going to have a little hangover on the top of both of those edges. So press this and stitch in the ditch right along that edge. Once I’ve stitched in the ditch, it looks like I have piping. Do a zigzag along both edges. Take the piece that we’re going to want at the top and fold it down about 2½”. The next is going to take the bag and you’re going to fold it over. And I’ve brought the bag right up so that I have an inch space right here. Pin and stitch down both sides. From here you’re going to be able to take the bag and turn it right-side out. Now give it a press. So now I can keep everything together on one hanger, and I know everything that I need for this garment is going to be right here. We’ve taken some pretty plain hangers and we’ve turned them into something that is very nice-looking, and it is practical. The little bags, well, that’s an added bonus, but it’s a great item to have, especially if you have an outfit that you want to keep everything together. It would be perfect for a bride, someone who has everything, and it’s also good for a man with a tuxedo because he’s able to keep everything that comes with that tuxedo in the pocket. So when he grabs that tuxedo he’ll know where all of his buttons and his cufflinks are. It’s also good for coats. Children or adult, you’re able to keep your hat and gloves all in the pocket, so when this is hanging up, you know exactly where it is. It’s a very practical and yet nice-looking gift. Maybe you’ll need to gift yourself. Thank you for joining me today on SewVeryEasy. Feel free to subscribe and, as always, come on back. Let’s see what we’re selling next time
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100 Replies to “How to Make a Padded Coat Hanger with a Pocket”

  1. Laura, what a great idea! I could make one for each day of the week. Stock them all up on the weekend and have no wardrobe decisions to make all week. I am soooo excited to do this!

  2. Love this idea! Your videos are so well put together, with easy to follow instructions. Thanks for sharing. I look forward to viewing each and every one.

  3. What a great idea! You could keep your accessory jewellery in the little bag and a neckerchief or matching scarf in the large pocket.

  4. What a great idea, Laura! Our son is getting married and I will make two of these hangers for the bride and the groom to have everything in one place for their wedding. As always everything was described very clearly. At the end I found myself just smiling! It is always such a relaxing time for me while watching your videos. Thank you and have a great Spring.

  5. I LOVE THIS!!! I cant wait to make some. I have patterns from the 50's and 60's for making them but you made it look soooooo much easier!!! Thank you, Thank you, Thank you!!

  6. thank's a lot I love !!!I will do for my grand daughter she is 8 month old and that will be very practice. As we say in France: bises

  7. This is such a unique gift to make! Make a one for the bride and bridegroom (as you suggested) and give them as a bridal shower gift. The mother-in-law to be or a bride's friend can make them for the bridemaids and grooms; make it for your college roommate; a thank-you to a friend at work who helped with a project, etc. I love it for planning out one's working wardrobe (w/ jewelry or specialty bras, accessories) for the week. Once again, showing us how to make our own pattern, taping two pencils together to make two lines, and then the lace or a little longer fabric for the piping as trims. Man, Laura! People pay lots of money to go sewing lessons/classes for these kind of details! Thanks for being so giving with your time and instructions.

  8. Fantastic Idea, Will Have To Make Some Of These,And Love The Bag In Side, Makes Sense, Thanks For The Inspiration,TFS Lynn ๐Ÿ™‚

  9. Thanks for a terrific tutorial! Just in time for spring cleaning! I'm going to make some of these and organize my closet.

  10. Wow, just what I needed so now I have pulled the wardrobe out and all the hangers and on my way to the sewing room to cover them! I only buy wooden hangers without bars!! Thank you for the lovely tuition!

  11. Hi Laura – what a great little project! Wish I had this for my daughter's wedding back in 2014 would have been great for the bridesmaids and their accessories. As we are approaching nicer weather here in the UK its time to put laundry out to dry – I need a new peg bag and this method is great, I'll probably just use interfacing and box the corners, so it will hold the pegs. Thank you

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  13. I used a similar technique to make a clothes pin bag for my sister. I did an insert at the bottom front of rug canvas to vent (dry those wooden clothes pins so they don't mold!).
    This would make a good gift. I keep 2 pencils taped together for the same purpose.
    Very good episode. Thanks Laura.

  14. I have a friend who's daughter is getting married she wanted to make some things for her this is perfect.

  15. This is such a clever idea and very clear instructions. Thank you! Can't wait to make my own now ๐Ÿ™‚


  17. I LOVE THIS!!! And as always so well explained and simple to follow! As I was watching I was thinking about my husbands Tux which he has to wear often in his profession and then you mentioned the Tux! I believe this will also become this years Christmas gifts for the family and each in prints they like! Thanks so much!

  18. I am new to your channel. So far I have only watched three of your videos and each one taught me at least one trick! Taping two pencils together to create seam allowance is genius! I wish I knew this earlier!

  19. Perfect timing I was looking for one of these. Thank You for sharing. I love your clear instructions you give me confidence to make things. x

  20. As usual from you, this is a useful tutorial that also encourages one's imagination. Can't you just see multiple hangers in the closet, each with everything organized and ready to go?! So grateful you presented this one in your usual calm and organized manner. Thank you, Laura!

  21. I love this ideal, I will be making a lot of these for gifts for our women group at church and for my self .Thank you love your videos.

  22. I'm going to make some of these as gifts. I think it would be a great place to hide small gifts for your kids at Christmas. They would never think to look through your clothes.

  23. I love your tips. I have several of your videos marked for completion. Great ideas and flawless execution! Keep the great ideas coming


  24. I had just recently made one and it turned out beautiful! Just a suggestion, can you create one but for children? Thank you very much.

  25. Great video… something i've thought about making! Now i don't have to "think it thru".. you've made it easy! Thanks:)

  26. A perfect little teacher appreciation gift…just in time for summer break coming up! Thanks again for another beautiful gift idea!!

  27. Thanks for a fantastic video. I made a coat hanger last night and it turned out beautifully. I've also thought of embroidering initials on the lower front section to personalize them.

  28. Now I'm going to have something to make a little extra storage space on my bathroom door. Just what I needed today. Thanks!

  29. I will make this for a travel bag for my blow dryer, curling iron, and straightener. This will make it easy to gang on hook or door knob. I love your ideas. Keep them coming.

  30. I just love this pattern. By chance do you have written instructions for your projects? Thank you for sharing all of your wonderful work!

  31. Wow I love that idea, and so practical. Nice for gifts to , but going to make a few for me to. Thank you for sharing all your wonderful ideas..๐ŸŒนโค๏ธ๐ŸŒนโค๏ธ๐ŸŒน

  32. Wau, I need to do this. Something what I have dreemed, but dont understant, that I can do. You have so good ideas ๐Ÿ‘

  33. I understand that the yardage depends on the hanger, but any how much I might need for the hanger cover and bags as shown?

  34. I just happened upon this video. It's great! Could you give me an idea of how much fabric I should purchase for this project? Thanks!

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